Permissible B-1 Business Activities
1. General Provisions
An applicant for B-1 status should be engaged in business activities other than the performance of skilled or unskilled labor. A B-1 visa is not to be used for the purpose of obtaining or engaging in employment while in the U.S.i An individual may enter the United States to:
Engage in commercial transactions that do not involve gainful employment in the United States;
Consult with business associates;
Participate in scientific, educational, professional or business conventions, conferences, or seminars; or
Undertake independent research.
i 9 FAM § 41.31, Note 4.
ii 9 FAM § 41.31, Note 5 and Matter of Hira, 11 I&N Dec. 824 (BIA 1965, 1966; A.G. 1966).